Lesson 8: False Positives



In This Lesson

  • Understand WHY chord twins work
  • Understand WHY look-a-like chords aren’t always twins
  • Set the scene for Lesson 9!


False Positives

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It’s time to test your understanding of Chord Twins.  Have a look at the chord pairs below.  Play them and listen closely.  Are they twins?

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As it turns out, the would-be chord twins above are “false positives.”  Although they look like twins, neither pair has a tonic-dominant relationship (see below).  That’s why you won’t find many songs built around these chord pairs.

In the end, F7 and Gm aren’t twins... they’re more like two strangers in the street
who just happen to look similar!  The same is true for F#m and G7.


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The tonic (I) and dominant (V) chords are fundamental forces in conventional Western harmony.
That’s why Chord Twins are so useful: they’re easy to play and their harmonies are related!

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